Family history workshops teach residents how to use resources

Old Family

An early 20th-century North Okaloosa family jokes around with a wheelbarrow. Their descendants can learn more about them and other ancestors during a family history workshop Friday at Baker Block Museum's library.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 04:21 PM.

BAKER — The Baker Block Museum on Friday will host free Family History Workshops conducted by volunteers with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Residents can learn how to delve into their families’ histories, climbing the family tree while unraveling relationships, clarifying fuzzy recollections and finding links to their ancestry.

The museum’s research library holds accreditation from the Mormon church, which is world-renowned for its expertise in genealogy, museum Director Ann Spann said.

“We’ve really been able to help people see family members not as name on a page but as a real person, and that’s thrilling,” Sister Chambers, a Mormon missionary and museum volunteer, said. Church rules do not allow her to use her first name, she said.

Chambers and her partner, Sister Grady, will conduct Friday’s one-hour workshops, showing participants how to use

“They’ll learn about new features for sharing photos and documents. There are also features for collaboration so you can share your research with long-lost cousins who are also doing research,” said Chambers. is a free service of the Mormon church.

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